City break with outdoor activities and great culinary experiences

Bodø & Salten offer everything from active outdoor experiences in raw nature to the real urban feeling at cool places serving top-notch culinary experiences and local beer.

Day 1: Speed, action and the ultimate combination of city and nature

It only takes 15-20 minutes to walk from the airport to downtown Bodø where you will find all the hotels and urban experiences. This is also serves as an ideal starting point for spectacular nature-based experiences in the surrounding area.

RIB rafting in the world’s strongest tidal current – Saltstraumen

Get off to an exciting start by heading straight from the airport and out in the rigid inflatable boat (RIB). The boat takes you from downtown Bodø directly to Saltstraumen. A close-up encounter with the incredible forces of nature is a spectacular and fast-paced experience.

The tidal current occurs when tidal waters flow in and out of the narrow strait connecting the outer Saltenfjord with the Skjerstadfjord. Every sixth hour, 400 million m³ of water forces its way through the 3 km long and 150 m wide strait at speeds of up to 20 knots. This forms mighty whirlpools up to 10 m in diameter and 4-5 m deep.

Bodø Action Hall

Keep up the adrenalin kick going by heading to Bodø Action Hall in the heart of Bodø, just a short walk from all the hotels. Activities on offer include laser maze, laser tag, escape room and virtual reality. We guarantee a fun experience, especially if there is a highly competitive instinct in your group.

Enjoy dinner at one of Bodø’s best restaurants

After a long day filled with activities, it’s time to savour good food and beverages. If you want to pamper yourself, we LystPå or Txaba – Tapas and Wine bar, which offer casual fine dining. You can pick at choose from impressive wine lists as both are listed on the Star Wine List or order local beer from Bådin bryggeri like “Saltstraumen” or “Keiservarden”

Bodø also has many other restaurants serving food of high quality. For instance, you can try the classic Bjørk serving Italian favourites like pasta and pizza or Asian crispy duck at Ohma.

Accommodation and drinks with a view

Scandic Havet and Radisson Blu Hotel Bodø both have sky bars on the top floor. If you stay at one of these hotels, you will have a short distance from good drinks and wonderful views to a comfortable hotel room. However, the bars are open to all guests, regardless of which hotel you choose.

Day 2: Sport, games and nightlife

Bodø offers a variety of activities – both outdoors and indoors. Plan a day of play, fun and a genuine boys’ atmosphere followed by a night on the town! 

Golf in magnificent northern Norwegian nature

Bodø Golfpark is situated on the northern side of town, with views of the sea, mountains and the “Lofoten wall” in the distance. The 10-minute drive to the course is a wonderful experience. Bodø Golfpark has a bice 18-hole links and forest course in surroundings that take most people’s breath away.

Indoor activities: bowling, pool, shuffleboard, concerts or climbing?

You can pick and choose between many options. If you are keen to stay in the city, head to Royal Bowling which offers bowling, pool, snooker, shuffleboard and a lounge bar. If you would prefer a more cultural experience, check the program at the award-winning Stormen Concert Hall, which has been named as one of the world’s best concert halls for performing acoustic music. The building has also received several architectural awards.

Just out of town, you will find Mørkvedhallen Climbing Centre – one of Norway’s largest and newest indoor climbing centres. You can try bouldering, rope climbing or auto-belay climbing.

Test out Bodø’s nightlife

After a day of fun and games, it’s time to head out on the town. One of the most popular spots is Hundholmen. Locals of all ages gather here every weekend. On the ground floor, you will find a large bar serving a wide range of drinks, as well as a nice restaurant. You can start the evening with dinner here if you wish. Upstairs you will find another bar, shuffleboard and, not least, the brewhouse. They brew their own beer, which you simply must taste if you come here. This place has a great atmosphere in the evenings and there is a dance floor too.

Day 3: Explore urban nature before departure

It’s a short distance from your hotel room and straight out into spectacular northern Norwegian nature with sea spray, high mountains, white sandy beaches and northern Norwegian autumn air. Even if you are on a city break, enjoying a mini nature-based experience is mandatory when you travel here.

Mini summit climb up Keiservarden

Keiservarden is Bodø’s city mountain and the most popular hike among the locals. The walk up to the “Emperor’s cairn” takes approx. 45 minutes and you will be rewarded with 360° panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. First person to the top!

If you are tired after a night on the town, you can opt for a shorter walk in downtown Bodø. Buy a coffee to go and a cinnamon bun at Brødrene Berbusmel and walk along the breakwater, go street art hunting or jump on a city bike and ride to Nyholmen Skandse.

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